Monday, February 27, 2012

Birthday Sale-abration

I love this time of year! Not only is it my birthday, it's Bum Luxury's birthday as well! What better reason than this to have a sale? I couldn't think of one either. 

All week from now until Saturday, March 3rd, you can find different products on sale at They change daily, so be sure to check back to see the latest deal. 

All purchases receive double reward points all week! Not only will you save a ton of cash, you'll earn money towards future purchases. It's a double win! We love rewarding our loyal customers!

In addition to the sales, there is also a fun scavenger hunt on the website where you find clues to enter for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Bum Luxury! Every person who finds all the clues also gets at 10% off coupon to use in addition to all the great sales going on! 

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cloth Choices: Sized Diapers

Why would you ever buy sized diapers when you have the option to buy one sized and save money? 

This is one of the most popular questions asked among parents who haven't cloth diapered yet.

Personally, I love my one size diapers. Fortunately for us, we didn't need newborn diapers because the one size Fuzzibunz fit my 9lbs. 7oz. daughter from birth. Most people who plan to use one size diapers do need to get newborn sizes for their 0-3 month old depending on the size of their child. More often than not, these are the two sizes of diapers people buy. 

Why would you want to buy sized diapers? 
Sized Fuzzibunz from left to right: xsmall, small, medium and large

First, like anything that is washed multiple times a week and used for a long period of time, it will wear out. Fabrics aren't meant to last forever and will show signs of wear and tear eventually. If you wore the same shirt twice a week for a year, it would most likely become holey and have some seams unraveling. When you use sized diapers, they are worn for fewer months than a one size diaper; therefore, they last longer.

Secondly, if you plan to cloth diaper more than one child, sized might be the better way to go. If you are diapering two children at the same time and they are different sizes, it may be easier to used size so you can easily spot the appropriate diapers for each child. When using a one size diaper, you would have to adjust the rise or the elastic to get the right fit each time for each child.

A third reason to buy sized would be to get a better, trimmer fit for your child. Any diaper that is one size will be larger than a newborn or small and are usually the size of a medium or large diaper when fully unsnapped or at the loosest elastic setting. When you snap down or tighten the elastic, the diaper will be bulkier than a sized diaper because of the extra material the diaper contains. 

If you start diapering when your baby is older and you don't plan to have any more children, you won't need as many sizes and it would probably be more cost effective to buy a sized diaper. This all depends on your child's age and size when you dive into the world of cloth diapering. 
Sized Fuzzibunz-xsmall on top, small, medium and large.

Why you might prefer to buy one size diapers

Overall, the cost of sized diapers will be higher because you will need more diapers overall in comparison to the one size. Here is a chart I made to show the cost. The number of diapers you need in each size will depend on how often you wash and change your baby. Since baby pees more often at a younger age, they will need to be changed more often and you'll need more diapers. 

Size Amount Cost Total
Newborn 30 $11.82* $354.60
Small 22 $14.66** $322.52
Medium 18 $14.99*** $269.82
Large 12 $15.33**** $183.96


One Size 28 $19.95 $558.60

Difference between sized and OS: $572.30

* This average was calculated with these diapers: Fuzzibunz XS, Grovia NB, NB Rumparooz Cover and 3 prefolds.

**This average was calculated with these diapers: Fuzzibunz Small, Swaddlebees Simplex S, Applecheeks Envelope cover and 3 prefolds
***This average was calculated with these diapers: Fuzzibunz Medium, Swaddlebees Simplex M, Applecheeks Envelope cover and 3 prefolds
****This average was calculated with these diapers: Fuzzibunz Large, Swaddlebees Simplex L, Applecheeks Envelope cover and 3 prefolds

This is my recommendation for the number of diapers at each age level. Some people will want more while others won't need as many. 

My motto is: The larger your stash, the longer they last! Plus when you are done with your diapers, you can always sell them to earn back a bit of your investment.

Some notable articles:

Little for Now has additional pros/cons for sized vs. one size diapers.

What do you prefer: sized or one size diapers? 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What's Your Warranty?

When making a purchase, it's important to know if a company stands behind the product. Not only are you paying for the actual item, you are paying for peace of mind knowing that you're covered if something should happen. People always wonder why some diapers cost more than others. There are many factors that go into the cost of a diaper, and when companies can guarantee their diaper to last, you know you are buying a quality product. 

Here is a list of brands that Bum Luxury carries and the warranty they provide.

Brand Elastic PUL Snaps Workmanship
Best Bottoms 60 days 60 days 60 days 60 days
Blueberry 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Fuzzibunz Lifetime Lifetime 1 year
Grovia 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
KangaCare 3 months Lifetime 6 months
Knickernappies 2 years Lifetime 1 year
Planetwise 60 days 60 days 60 days 60 days
Super Undies 30 days
Swaddlebees 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
SweetPea 6 months 6 months 1 year 6 months

What will void your warranty? 

Make sure to follow manufacturer's washing instructions closely. Most of the time you can just read the tag on the diaper, but when you purchase a large number of one type of diaper, it's worth it to check their website or with the retailer you purchased from for washing guidelines as they can vary from brand to brand. 

Common ways to void warranties: using bleach and other additives such as fabric softeners and vinegar, drying PUL on high, using a non-CD safe detergent or diaper rash cream without a liner, soaking diapers in a wet pail, and using the sanitize cycle on your washing machine. 

Almost all manufacturer's will require a proof of purchase when you file a warranty claim meaning that if you are not the original purchaser, the warranty is void.

To find full details on specific brands, click on the brand name above to be taken to their warranty page.

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